Stephen Moore has set his sights on another shot at World Cup glory, inking a new three-year deal with Australian rugby.
Moore’s new contract with the Australian Rugby Union commences in 2017, the same year he joins the Queensland Reds.
Moore, 32, dropped that bombshell on current franchise the ACT Brumbies on Thursday, telling them the 2016 season will be his last in the nation’s capital.
It is understood Moore had an opportunity to take his career to Europe but elected to stay so he could build on the recent success the Wallabies have enjoyed and improve on his 102 Test caps.
“I really feel we are building something special at the Wallabies under ‘Cheik’ (Michael Cheika) and his coaching staff but there’s a lot more we want to achieve and I really wanted to be a part of that,” Moore said, before adding he wanted to play at a fourth World Cup.
“I’ll be 36 at the next World Cup and obviously form and a lot of other factors come into it. If I am playing well and healthy and I’m the right fit for the team when the time comes, I’d love the opportunity to play at another World Cup.
“It’s extremely rare for a player to play in four World Cups and I’m under no illusions that it’s going to happen for me without a lot of those factors working in my favour.”
Moore said he decided to return to Queensland to be closer to family and finish his career in Australia where it began.
“My family and I have really enjoyed our time in Canberra and the Brumbies are a fantastic organisation who have been great to us since we arrived here from Brisbane in 2009,” he said.
“It was a really difficult call to make but we were keen to get back to Brisbane to be closer to family and felt the timing was right after what will be our eighth year in Canberra.”